How We Turn Challenges into Opportunities

July 2, 2018

Dust yourself off, and get back up. The recipe for overcoming adversity sounds simple, but we know it has so many layers when it comes to the work we do: whether it’s a struggling startup or a candidate who is facing constant job rejection, it can be challenging for all of us to forge ahead when the world is getting us down. We’ve faced our fair bit of obstacles in the past, and we’re sharing what we’ve learned along the way to help you overcome yours:

How you deal with rejection matters.

Do you feel like the world keeps knocking you down? Don’t let it get to you – when you start to doubt yourself and the choices you’re making instead of trying again, that’s really what separates those who achieve success, and those who throw in the towel and give up. Like this recent Business Insider article showed, sometimes you just have to modify your approach instead of questioning your decisions! It’s something that really resonates with us, given that we reach out to passive candidates every day – being mindful of our approach and constantly evaluating and tweaking it is how we achieve success.

Don’t take it personally.

When you receive feedback from a potential employer who didn’t hire you, the key is to simply take it, digest and try not to take it to heart. Do your best to view critique and feedback objectively, and analyze it to use it to your advantage. More than thinking that something is “wrong” with you, utilize it a growth opportunity! That change in mindset is how you end up modifying your approach, attitude and philosophy in order to move forward with achieving your goals or business objectives – all the while, developing a stronger skin.

Visualize what you want to achieve.

Nathalie Mathieu, CTR Co-Founder, reflects on her own experience as competitive figure skater decades ago. Attempting jumps hundreds of times and falling was extremely frustrating and painful. She suffered a number of  injuries in the process!  But through that experience she learned to power through challenges to get results and most importantly, that if you can visualize what you want, you will achieve it. This is a well known technique in sports psychology. These same techniques and strategies apply – whether it’s a figure skating jump, closing a round of seed funding or getting that job – visualize yourself doing those things in your mind, you are one step closer to achieving it.

Finally: when you need to lift your spirits or take second to regain your footing, we suggest meditating, stepping outside to get a breath of fresh air and stepping away from your phone and computer. Take a moment and move forward with pure intentions – always evaluate what you’re doing and if it’s for the right reasons. Sometimes when we stumble, it’s a valuable opportunity to analyze if we’re on a path that’s best aligned with our values. By getting clear on your goals and intentions, staying positive and turning challenges into learning opportunities, trust us: success will be waiting for you right around the corner!

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